Jean-Marie Bouissou

(b.1950) is senior research fellow at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de Sciences-Po, Paris. A specialist in post-war Japan, his publications include Japan. The Burden of Success (London, Hurst & Co, 2002); Quand les sumos apprennent à danser. La fin du modèle japonais (Paris, Fayard, 2003); and numerous edited works, including Le Japon contemporain (Paris, Fayard, 2007); and L’Envers du consensus. Les conflits et leur gestion dans le Japon contemporain (Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 1996). A lover of manga, he was one of the founders of the Manga Network, an international research organization. His forthcoming work, to be published by Philippe Picquier in 2009, will be devoted to manga.


In the West, manga has become a key part of the cultural accompaniment to economic globalization. No mere side-effect of Japan’s economic power, writes Jean-Marie Bouissou, manga is ideally suited to the cultural obsessions of the early twenty-first century.

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